MCDONALD’S announced plans yesterday to create 2,500 jobs at its restaurants this year, taking its UK workforce to 93,500.
The world’s biggest restaurant group said the move builds on the 3,500 jobs created in 2012, of which 70 per cent were taken by young people under the age of 21.
Business secretary Vince Cable, who met with employees yesterday said: “A highly-skilled workforce is an important part of any growing business. That’s why I am pleased to see how McDonald’s is providing training and apprenticeships in a range of skills.”
“McDonald’s is also to be applauded for helping adult employees get qualifications in maths and English.”
The fast food giant also revealed an unexpected rise in December sales at established US restaurants, which helped lift its fourth-quarter profit by 1.4 per cent to $1.4bn (£883.8m) – above analysts’ estimates.
The group said global same-restaurant sales for 2012 rose 3.1 per cent, with US sales up 3.3 per cent and European sales – its largest market after by revenue –up 2.4 per cent.
Total sales rose 1.9 per cent to $6.95bn.